Many netizens got shocked and dismayed after seeing Baguio City’s aerial view showing how people deforested the mountains.
Also called the “City of Pines,” Baguio City is known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines due to its unusual cooler weather. The city is located approximately 4,810 feet above mean sea level, the reason why the area has a cool climate which makes it conducive to tropical pine forests, mossy plants, and orchids to grow. It is one of the popular tourist destinations, especially during the summer season.
Recently, many netizens got disappointed and saddened after Arthur Rei Barrera shared Baguio City’s aerial view on Facebook. The photo shows the various colors of buildings and establishments covering the mountains of Baguio City instead of green pine trees.
“Baguio trees in mountains replaced by houses , Abused, destroyed, deforested, over built, unplanned, ignored under the longest serving government officials, LGU! private tourism companies and real estate (un)developers in exchange for money, money, money,” he wrote on the caption.
In 2015, the occupied housing units in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) increased by 12.5% from 347,362 to 390,923. Among the provinces of CAR, Benguet had the most occupied housing units with 106,117 or 27.2% share followed by Baguio City with 87,731 or 22.4% share and Abra with 51,593 or 13.2% share.
The name Baguio was derived from bag-iw, the Ibaloi word for “moss”. It was established as a hill station by the United States in 1900 at the site of an Ibaloi village known as Kafagway.
It’s disappointing to see how people destroyed the Baguio City. We hope that this would reach the local government of the city and those government sectors responsible for dealing with the environmental issues of the country.